Chef Folse's Oven-Baked Garlic Crabs

Prep Time: 1 Hour
Yields: 4-6 Servings

This crab recipe calls for many cloves of garlic. Once the garlic has been sautéed in butter sauce and baked with crabs, it becomes quite sweet. The garlic can then be spread on French bread along with butter dipped from the baking pan.


1 dozen crabs, cleaned
40 cloves garlic
1 pound butter
1 cup olive oil
1/4 cup diced onions
1/4 cup diced celery
1/4 cup diced red bell peppers
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1/4 cup chopped parsley
2 bay leaves
1 tbsp chopped basil
1 tbsp chopped tarragon
Worcestershire sauce to taste
Louisiana hot sauce to taste
salt and cracked black pepper to taste
French bread for dipping


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large sauté pan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Pour in olive oil to prevent butter from burning. Add garlic, onions, celery, bell peppers, green onions, parsley, bay leaves, basil and tarragon. Stir constantly to prevent garlic from scorching. Garlic that is over-browned will taste bitter. Season with Worcestershire, hot sauce, salt and pepper. Place crabs in a large casserole dish with a 1 or 2-inch lip and cover with garlic butter mixture. Bake 15-20 minutes, remove and serve warm with hot French bread.